DFS Fantasy Football Sunday Slate
Welcome to Week 6 of the NFL season! It’s time for our DFS Week 6 Starts and Sits. Last week was a rough one. We all have those weeks when our DFS fantasy football picks bust.
We are confident in the rebound this week, so let's get going into Week 6 full steam ahead!
I use the DraftKings salary cap as my basis for picks, which operates on a 50k salary but I know we have many FanDuel players as well. For reference, Fanduel operates on a 60k salary, so prices will appear higher on that platform.
RB: Chris Carson vs. CLE ($6,000)
For a hot minute there, we questioned whether Chris Carson was going to be usurped as the lead back in Seattle. He was essentially benched after putting a couple of balls on the ground, and his bellcow status was threatened. But Pete Carroll just chomped his gum harder and fed Carson the ball even more.
Carson has rewarded the Seahawks' faith in him by churning out two straight 100+ yard rushing performances. He has scored over 21 fantasy points in both of those contests and had 22 or more carries in each. The Cleveland Browns just got manhandled on the ground by the 49ers on Monday Night Football, so look for the Seahawks to do what they always do: run the ball, run the ball, and then (you guessed it) run the ball. Unless you're at the goal line during the Super Bowl, of course.
This seems like a good price for Carson instead of paying up for a few of the sexier running back names. Unless the Browns magically figure out how to not get gashed via the run in one week, Carson is a prime candidate to feast.
WR: DJ Chark Jr. vs. NO ($5,500)
When are we going to start taking DJ (Baby) Chark Jr. seriously as a #1 WR?
That's what he is for the Jaguars. Maybe it's a run-first team, but Gardner Minshew looks to Chark in a pinch and Chark has delivered.
TE: Gerald Everett vs. SF ($3,600)
This is my bargain pick of the week. Gerald Everett has had 19 targets and 12 catches over the past two games. That's with Brandin Cooks in the lineup, who may be in danger of missing this week's contest after leaving Thursday Night Football with a concussion. Although he may clear the concussion protocol by then, Everett is still a great play at his price, especially as he is somehow priced below Jordan Reed and Jason Witten on the salary cap slate. This is a low-risk play at the tight end position, opening more cap space to make a play at some top-tier running backs or wide receivers.
QB: Carson Wentz @ MIN ($6,000)
Carson Wentz has only eclipsed 20 fantasy points once since the Week 1 opener against a putrid Washington squad. He had the chance to pad his stats last week against a bad Jets team but was limited to just 189 yards passing and one touchdown, totaling 12.1 fantasy points.
You could pay only a few hundred bucks more and get either Dak Prescott, who faces those same Jets or Matt Ryan. I'd take either of those players in a heartbeat in that price range than Wentz against a stout Vikings defense.
RB: Le'Veon Bell vs. DAL ($6,400)
After kicking off the season with back-to-back performances of 21+ fantasy points, Bell has cooled off. It hasn't helped his starting QB is out with cooties...I mean mononucleosis. Not to mention the backup is also out, leaving the Jets on their third-string QB.
Now, Darnold has been cleared to play this week, but Bell will face a stiff Cowboys defense which ranks top 10 in passing yards allowed per game, total yards allowed per game, and points allowed per game. I just don't think he finds enough running room. He may put up a respectable day catching dump-offs out of the backfield, but Todd Gurley, Derrick Henry, and Chris Carson are all cheaper options on the salary cap slate you may want to consider instead.
WR: Marquise "Hollywood" Brown vs. CIN ($6,200)
Hollywood Brown burst onto the scene Week 1, stealing the show with 33.7 fantasy points and 147 receiving yards in his Ravens debut. Since then, he has cooled off considerably. In the last three weeks, he has combined for just nine receptions for less than 100 yards total.
He also left the game against the Steelers with an ankle injury. While Coach John Harbaugh said the injury wasn't serious, it still bears mentioning. The Bengals actually rank 5th in the league against opposing wide receivers, but rank 31st in the league in rushing yards allowed. Look for Mark Ingram to pound the rock and beat down Cincy, and Lamar Jackson to take off on some designed runs this weekend. This week, Hollywood seems less like a summer blockbuster and more like a box office flop.
Those are your DFS Week 6 Starts and Sits. Good luck! Here’s to hoping your fantasy football players ball out and you cash out.